14 Apr

SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: The Last-Minute Party Girl + $100 Gift Card

the last minute party girl I’m really excited to share a great book by cooking & entertaining guru Erika Lenkert as part of our giveaway today! It’s called The Last-Minute Party Girl and is a fun, ultra-hip, how-to read that’s full of fabulous advice, witty anecdotes, and tons of great recipes. Here are just a couple of the of many rave reviews for The Last-Minute Party Girl :

"The Last-Minute Party Girl puts the FUN back into FUNctions. It’s a lively resource for those who like to entertain with style, but don’t have the time (not to mention the pocketbook) to turn a simple soiree into their raison d’etre for a month."
– Glynis Costin , Party Girl, Mother of Two, and West Coast Bureau Chief, In Style Magazine

"Erika Lenkert’s recipes for tossing fabulous parties are equal parts sexy, sweet, spicy, and sassy. With hilarious stories and an insider’s approach, The Last-Minute Party Girl is the ultimate handbook for hosting the perfect party."
– Peter Davis , Editor at Large, Paper Magazine


The book’s 10 chapters include things like Party Girl Etiquette, Vibe by Design (setting the scene), Painless Party Planning, A-List Appetizers, and The Party-Girl Pantry (survival supplies & shortcuts that will keep you stocked & prepared for even unexpected gatherings).

And speaking of supplies , you’re going to need something to help you stock up on some party girl must-haves of your own… so how does a $100 gift card to cb2 or Crate&Barrel sound?!



FIRST PRIZE : Author-signed copy of The Last Minute Party Girl + a $100 gift card to your choice of cb2 or Crate&Barrel

SECOND PRIZE : Author-signed copies of The Last Minute Party Girl for 4 more lucky readers

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Post a comment here. Tell us what you’d spend your winnings on, share your own favorite party advice, or just say anything!
Enter by Thursday, April 17th at midnight PST. Be sure to login or include your email address (won’t be published) so that we can contact you if you win. Good luck!

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Carrie S SAYS:

I’d buy some dishes to go with a new colorscheme I’ve been wanting to do in my kitchen.

April 14, 2008 at 8:37 am

Laurie SAYS:

I need new knives, it is a pretty sad state. I can hardly slice a tomato.

April 14, 2008 at 8:38 am

Stephanie Vollowitz SAYS:

fingers crossed!

April 14, 2008 at 8:39 am

mattie SAYS:

How fun…sounds like a great book. I’d go for some summery outdoor goodies. Love C&B!!!!

April 14, 2008 at 8:39 am

ettiene SAYS:

Oh… I love that book. I would spend the GC on these fabulous candlesticks i have been lusting over.

April 14, 2008 at 8:43 am

Tea Party Girl SAYS:

Does she include any tips for us tea party fanatics? I look forward to reading the book. And I would buy wine glasses at Crate and Barrel because I am always breaking them!

April 14, 2008 at 8:44 am

Melissa M. SAYS:

I move in a few weeks and I could use a million things! Crate and Barrel has this great doormat (Riviera Stripe) that I’ve been eyeing. And cb2 has a really cute 15 minute hourglass that I want. So I guess it’d be difficult for me to choose between the two!!!

April 14, 2008 at 8:46 am


I would love to win this, as the summer approaches we will have lots of parties. I can definitely use this! Thanks for the great give away!

April 14, 2008 at 8:47 am

Geoff K SAYS:

Would definitely buy a new martini shaker and set of glasses — I haven’t been able to throw a decent party since I broke my old shaker!

April 14, 2008 at 8:47 am

Genie SAYS:

This book sounds great! I would love to get the new Marble Fossil Board at Crate&Barrel.

April 14, 2008 at 8:48 am

stephenie SAYS:

I am giving a 75th birthday party for my grandpa, my son’s 2nd birthday party, a graduation party for my sister and a farewell party for my friend all in the next 4 weeks. I could sure use some inspiration!!!

April 14, 2008 at 8:48 am

Kaitlin C. SAYS:

My husband and I are still students (well, okay, he is the student in medical school while I am the student of someone-has-to-pay-the-bills :) We definitely live on a tight budget but my love for entertaining usually tightens that budget even more! Now that it is getting warmer, a nice porch party sounds glorious. I would decorate with Crate and Barrel items:

Huron Lantern
Cold Beverage Jar
Table in a Bag
Square Melamine Plates
Cutout Line Lights

This would make for a comfortable and classy porch get-together! Thanks!

April 14, 2008 at 8:49 am

brandi SAYS:

What a fun book! I have been dying for some bright white dishes, so I would definitely use the card for those!

April 14, 2008 at 8:51 am

Kate SAYS:

So we’re moving at the end of this month, and the highlight of our new apartment is that it has an actual DINING ROOM! So I already have a table, chairs, china cabinet, kitchen island all bookmarked at C&B!

April 14, 2008 at 8:52 am

joanne117 SAYS:

I think I would splurge on some new glassware. The book looks terrific

April 14, 2008 at 8:52 am

Laurie SAYS:

I love CB2, but if I win, the gift card would go toward the sofa I’ve been eyeing at Crate & Barell. My current over stuffed, sun faded, cheaply slipcovered, red couch does not mesh with my mod green and blue living room in my new place. Save me!

April 14, 2008 at 8:52 am

Rachel Hall SAYS:

Would love a copy and the gift card (I’d pass it on to my little sis–she’s registered there for her upcoming wedding!)

April 14, 2008 at 8:52 am

Kayla B. SAYS:

I love this blog! Always awesome ideas! The book looks great! And I would use the cb2 gift card to help purchase some furniture I have been wanting for my living room.

April 14, 2008 at 8:52 am

Rozetta Harvey SAYS:

I would spend my gift card on things for my home!

April 14, 2008 at 8:53 am
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